older the driver the longer the journey the whiter the knuckles

You dangerous road at all times

won't let my mind wander

you keep it focused by reason of

black spots and stretches in total darkness

according to council cost cuttings.


You frighten me with your zigzagging hairpin bends

you test my steering abilities

with your red and white witch hat lined roadwork chicanes 

and your sign posted fatality numbers of this year

that immediately lessens the weight of my foot

on the accelerator.


There are other hazards that you cannot warn of

especially at night

and my eyes are left to fend for themselves 

looking ahead in the main beam for potholes and

badly repaired  patches

unfortunately found by a sudden uplifting and downward thumping

of the car

that tells me and my roof hitting head 

where the tarmac should be but isn't

or higher than the original level of the road.


When the scary mile by scary mile is over

and familiar landmarks greet me

I take hold of and give thanks to

the jiggling silver Saint Christopher medallion

hanging from my  rearview mirror


after which he continues dancing about

like someone possessed ( which he is-religiously!)

Is it because of the success in bringing another traveller safely home

or just that he loves doing his monkey boy thing

to the sound of my Motorhead CD now playing at full blast?


a noisy way of relieving the journeys tension

and letting my long-suffering neighbours know

that an annoying man is back home!   


◄ Celtic messenger

blundering through a disused cemetery ►


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Tue 27th Feb 2018 18:49

you are right of course Jemima thank you

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Jemima Jones

Tue 20th Feb 2018 19:47

mad motoring music? not for me Leon. It is enough for anyone to do in keeping focused on the road never mind the tech layout below. Gripping yarn nevertheless! Thank you.Jemima.

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Mon 19th Feb 2018 21:54

cheer's Pat and Stef. Some of the motorways are starting to get quite holey as well and you would think by now they would have some more up to date and quicker technique of fixing them wherever they are

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Thu 15th Feb 2018 21:31

sounds like a certain someone's kind of typical journeying on the same kind of ( Rossendale pot-holed and patchworked ) roads who is not a million 'trial by miles' away at this very moment!

P&S xx

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Wed 14th Feb 2018 12:38

of course being motorbikers it should be easier for you guy's to do pothole and poor patch up dodging I dare say.

Ace of Spades? at your ages! I thought it may have been something like rock of ages 😄

Cheers both

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Mon 12th Feb 2018 11:52

brill poem Leon! where we live (Rossendale) the number of pot-holed and patched up roads are countless.

Bring back the Roman road builders we say!

our fave Motorhead track has to be 'Ace of Spades'

P&S xx

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Sun 11th Feb 2018 18:42

cheers a lot Martin and Rose. Gregorian rap? Hey! that would be cool for the clerical travellers!

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Rose Casserley

Sun 11th Feb 2018 18:39

don't think Saint Chris would be into Motorhead Leon Gregorian rap maybe? 😁

enjoyed the ride!

Rose 💋

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Martin Elder

Sun 11th Feb 2018 16:57

Playing Motorhead maybe one of the reasons for driving fast. I find that any kind of driving rock can make more impact on the way I drive. But maybe that's just me. Love the reference to the saint Christopher.
Excellent poem Leon

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